D.A. Eitelberg MSc.

PhD researcher


David Eitelberg has been employed at the Environmental Geography Group, Vrije Universiteit since 15 August 2012 as a PhD researcher focusing on global land system change modelling.  His research is part of the Visions of Land use Transitions in Europe (VOLANTE) project and conducted under the supervision of Prof. P. H. Verburg.

Prior to arriving at IVM, David completed an MSc in Geographic Information Science for Development and Environment at Clark University, and a B.A. in Environmental Science and Geography at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He has a background in ecology, GIS, remote sensing, and international development.

A recent dataset from David’s work can be downloaded from: Global Potentially Available Cropland Estimates dataset.


Land use and land cover change modelling, landscape ecology, geospatial analysis, remote sensing and image analysis, time series analysis. 

Academic training

2013Young Scientists Summer Program, Ecosystems Services and Management research program, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg, Austria
2010-2012MSc Geographic Information Science for Development and Environment, Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
2003-2007BA Environmental Studies and BA Geography, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
2006International field studies of Siberian landscape ecology, Siberian Institute for Ecological Initiatives, Novosibirsk, Russia
2004International course on Ecuadorian ecology, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Quito, Ecuador

Professional employment history

2012-presentPhD Researcher, Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands
2011-2012Software tester and technical support specialist, Clark Labs/IDRISI, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
2011GIS and Natural Resource Specialist Intern, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, National Landscape Conservation System, Washington D.C., USA
2007-2009Rural Agriculture Development Extensionist, U.S. Peace Corps, Nicaragua

Recent projects

2012-2015VOLANTE: Visions of Land Use Transitions in Europe
2015GLOLAND: Integrating human agency in global-scale land change models
2014SAT-BBE: Design of a systems analysis tools framework for the EU bio-based economy strategy

Selected publications

Eitelberg, D.A., van Vliet, J. & Verburg, P.H.A. (2015). Review of global potentially available cropland estimates and their consequences for model-based assessments. Global Change Biology, 21, 1236–1248.